It’s been a bit of a challenging week. I cannot say exactly why…but it has been hard to maintain a positive attitude and disposition this week. Maybe it is because I’m not feeling 100% physically…certainly I have not felt 100% emotionally. So basically, I have been in a place where it would be nice if people were understanding.
I find it interesting though, that when I am not feeling so great, and need patience, I don’t really receive it. Are we so intolerant of each other’s ups and downs that we leave people out when the person has a bad day or two, and really needs the kindness of others? It seems so. It seems that people are so quick to judge and exclude a person. If this were “Survivor”, I think I would have been voted off the island – just for having a few days where I am not happy and smiley.
It has not been a BAD week in terms of events though. On Monday night I went to an exhibition sponsored by the Embassy – a man from Suriname went to a Pow Wow in South Dakota and they exhibited some of his photos. It was related to yesterday’s Day of Indigenous Peoples holiday here and around the world. While I was talking to another person from the U.S., a woman came out onto the deck area and introduced herself. Finally, a name I can remember as it is the same as my sister’s!
So meeting her was nice. Yesterday I went to the celebration for the holiday and she met me there after a few hours (and many photographs).
I also got another nice story from the event. It rained off and on for much of the day, and during one of the periods of rain, she and I were taking shelter under a vendor’s tent. The girl who was sitting there told me “I like your eyes”. This is a compliment I love to hear – the people who say it are always sincere, and not usually talking about the color (because people assume my eyes are brown. They are not). A little while later, she said “I have something for you” and proceeded to pull a headband out of her purse, then tied it around my head.
Such a small, generous gesture touched my heart greatly. It brightened my week, and reminded me how much small kindnesses (especially those from strangers) mean.
Photos from yesterday’s event, plus others I have taken in Paramaribo, can be found on Picasa.